With the ABT crew dealing with drama popping up left and right like some horribly twisted version of Whack-a-Mole, the thrill ride has only began for the rest of us. I’ve had disappointingly little time to follow the whole shebang myself, but as I happened to make a stroll, something caught my little eye…
With 213 comments scored on the following thread my drama sense was immediately sent off the scales, and subsequent skimming through the comment thread revealed stuff so juicy that even a Medium-Rare ribeye could only hope to compete.
The poll goes up and everything looks fine. At least, for about 5 minutes. Then suddenly, in the space of the next 10 minutes, CSW Blog received over 200 votes. None of the other polls had even gone into double figures yet. A quick check of the stats on the tourney revealed that there were no signs of any spike in visitors as would be expected from that vote influx. There were clear results of someone bypassing the tourney normal procedures to rack up massive amounts of votes. With that, we closed the poll.
Back to the present, we set about investigating what had occurred in the poll, but instead were bombarded by messages by Spiral on in the comment section, with threats against us, threats to attack other anime blogs, and various accusations made against the tourney. The explanation for the increase in votes came soon enough, albeit from third party sources rather than Spiral himself. Spiral had put a link to the poll inside a popular gaming stream. It was just a link to the poll, which is why there was no increase in the stats on the website. Meanwhile Spiral was claiming that in the comment section that CSW had over 10,000 views per day and that’s why they were getting all the votes.
Some bright guy gets a clue…
So obvious cheating is obvious? Some beg to differ. Of course, CSW’s Spiral and Jubbz are having none of this, and so begins the landslide of insults and madness…
Burn the bridges! Burn!
The women! THE CHILDREN!
OH GOD THEY EVEN SUMMONED HIM
Just to be fair, he’s a long-ass response by Spiral regarding the incident, though posted well beyond the point of any salvage. Here’s the bottom line…
That being said, on behalf of CSW and myself, here is our official statement:
“We are saddened to see everything come down to this and that people would accuse of manipulating the votes. We have done our best to contact the people responsible for this decision but to no answer. However, as we have no power in the tournament, we would have to accept that we are DQ-ed and out of the tournament after no notice. However, we wish our best of luck to everyone still in the tournament and our opponents Sekijitsu who deserve more than anything to get far in the tournament. Cheers.”
With the last comment posted on the 22nd, the drama has concluded, with all involved parties covered in feces, and knee deep in the uric acid of bitterness. Personally I hate having missed this in favor of endless grinding in World of Tanks, but can’t win ‘em all. Looking forward to the next round.
PS. Here’s some good background music while you skim through the drama and rage.